Treatment for Eating Disorders Gold Coast

Helping people with eating disorders all around the Gold Coast.

At Positive TranceFormations, we offer treatments for bulimia and anorexia to Gold Coast clients, and have a high success rate treating people with these eating disorders.,

Please call Michael on (07) 5576 6410 to find out more today.

We have a high success rate treating people with these disorders

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are becoming prevalent across Australia and other Western countries. Studies show that recently the occurrence of eating disorders has increased over the past five years. The female population accounts for more than 75% of eating disorder sufferers with males making up the remaining 25%.

There is not one single cause, although family and cultural pressures are all factors that may play a role. The media promoting an “ideal” weight, as well as a combination of emotional and personality factors contribute to developing an unhealthy eating habit.

Anorexia Gold Coast Treatments

If you or loved one is suffering from anorexia on the Gold Coast, please contact us.

Anorexia is a serious psychological eating disorder. Those suffering from anorexia develop an irrational fear of being overweight regardless of their true weight. They develop a skewed perception of their body weight or shape which is highly distorted, and the sufferer will often seem in complete denial of the implications of their low body weight.

Anorexia is a very serious condition that has an alarming death rate. This eating disorder is the third-most common chronic adolescent problem, and the psychiatric condition that causes the most number of deaths.

Sufferers really do go through a hellish ordeal, which is often almost as traumatic for their friends and family, who feel completely helpless and are not able to save their loved one from an obsessive and destructive behaviour.

‘I have heard anorexia described by another sufferer as being “like getting on an escalator that you can’t get off.” It just keeps going and you don’t even know how you got on in the first place. All you know is the floor has changed. You think you are in control at first, but then it takes control of you and there is nothing you can do about it.’

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia is a common eating disorder in the Gold Coast and throughout Australia. The characteristics of bulimia includes:

– Average weight or even slightly overweight
– Binge eating
– Purging (exercise, forced vomiting, fasting or excessive laxative use)

About 5% of the population suffer from bulimia but the true incidence is estimated to be much higher amongst the student population.

Like sufferers of anorexia, bulimics tend to become very adept at hiding their behaviour from others, including family, partners and friends. Often bulimic behaviour becomes almost ritualised and planned, while at other times it can be spontaneous.

The individual engaging in binge and purge behaviour often feels as though the behaviour itself gives them the feeling or perception of gaining control and empowerment, often accompanied by temporary feelings of gratification or satisfaction.

There is often a kind of “have my cake and eat it too” feeling and mentality for the bulimic, insofar as the behaviour yields a form of temporary emotional gratification and access to changing the way they feel, during the binge phase, while at the same time perceiving or believing that the purge phase then expels the “evil” of extra calories and weight gain.

This is, in fact, largely a misperception. In practice rational thinking and disorders like anorexia and bulimia do not reside in the same neighbourhood of the brain. Interventions that aim to assist bulimics by convincing them to alter their behaviour with rational arguments against the behaviour are doomed to fail. Eating disorders, including bulimia are instigated, controlled and run by the subconscious mind, which is emotionally driven.

Therefore, therapy or interventions intended to change the behaviour need to work with the subconscious mind. Our hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT treatments for bulimia and anorexia on the Gold Coast do just that.

Anorexia and Eating Disorders Gold Coast – My Approach

In my experience as a Hypnotherapist, most cases of anorexia arise as a result of either a single or a series of very upsetting experiences that often connect to body image. When compounded with mitigating environmental factors, this leads the sufferer to feel very ‘out of control’ and results in an eating disorder.

As a coping mechanism, it’s as though the unconscious mind responds by creating a “part” or aspect of the person that attempts to regain a feeling of control, via weight loss. This “part” as I call it, views weight loss as highly desirable. Please understand that this newly formed “part” that I’ll call ED (Eating Disorder) is driven by emotion and not logic. It is incapable of seeing the bigger picture implications of the behaviour, and operates very much like an implanted software program that knows only one thing, and is very single minded and driven towards its objective – weight loss at all costs.

Often both loved ones and therapists who attempt to assist sufferers of an eating disorder via very direct interventions – such as force feeding and the like – will meet with unbridled hostility or complete non-cooperation from the patient. At this point their “ED” is asserting itself, and is often, then in the process of “taking over” and assuming greater control in the sufferer’s, mindset, attitude, emotional state and behaviour. All of this is a great detriment to the sufferer’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

In many instances, what often starts to happen at this point is that the person’s eating disorder (much like an obsessive alter ego) begins to dominate the affected person’s mind and life, while their previous or normal personality seems to recede and almost disappear.

While it is definitely true that direct interventions can be very necessary, even life-saving in the short term, the ultimate goal of any therapy will ideally aim to change the behaviour from the “inside out” so to speak. In other words, enabling the anorexia sufferer to gain a foothold and regain control of their thoughts, feelings, values, relationships, sense of Identity and behaviours is crucial.

Such therapy, if it is to have a real shot at achieving these changes, needs to address the level of mind where the original difficulty originates. That level of the mind is known as the subconscious mind. The methods of hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT all provide an access to, and an ability to influence the subconscious mind. As such, they often prove to be the most effective modalities in assisting an anorexia sufferer to make a full and self-generating, recovery.

Recovering From Eating Disorders

Remember eating disorders are not about food. They are disorders of feelings, thoughts, relationships, values, identity, coping and control. If you empower all of the above or change their feelings to new ones like…

– Recognising with a sense of gratitude the current good in their life.
– Reconnecting to goals and a sense of purpose and direction
– Regaining a strong sense of identity and values.
– Developing positive feelings and thoughts.
– Creating good coping and control strategies.

…you can literally overcome any eating disorder.

The main trick to recovery is to begin to re teach the sufferer how to feel good, reconnect them to who they are as a person and the values and things they hold dear. When they again begin to realise that they can have a future of their own design. This can help an eating disorder sufferer start to see they are not useless and powerless, and that on the contrary, all that has happened, is that a part of them that was originally conceived as a form of coping mechanism has started to assume too much influence and control in their decision making.

Once this has occurred it does tend to create a vicious cycle, however the dissociative processes inherent in hypnotherapy and NLP, help the sufferer step out of themselves and gain greater perspective. From this far more resourceful vantage point, the eating disorder sufferer can begin to realise that they are not facing things alone, and in fact that they have the support, resources and tools to overcome their present difficulties, which goes a long way to facilitating the recovery process.

This approach has thus far proven to enjoy a high rate of success and demonstrably turning things around. All anorexia and bulimia sufferers need direction, but it has to be done in a very subtle way. Yelling and screaming at them will not work. Telling someone with anorexia “why don’t you just eat” or the bulimic that binging and purging is futile would be like asking you to stop breathing air; it’s not going to happen.

Many people who live with an eating disorder describe it as an obsession. Those disorders are lodged and generated within the subconscious mind and no amount of logical talk will change that. Only by rewiring the mind and breaking the “brain loop”, can you defeat a bad eating habit. Fortunately, a strategic treatment utilising hypnotherapy, NLP and E.F.T can achieve just that.

What is the subconscious mind and why it is so important?

The subconscious mind is more like a hidden level of awareness from where processes and behaviours are generated. From this level of mind behaviours become automated, as though they are run on auto pilot, so to speak. Personal habits and addictions are also generated from the subconscious mind. Because anorexia and other eating disorders are automatic actions or compulsions based on food and body weight, the sufferer unconsciously disregards any conscious understanding of their actions, which are overridden by the emotional drivers of the subconscious behaviour. To help you understand more about the subconscious mind, you might like to take a few minutes to read this non-technical explanation.

Conscious vs. Subconscious Mind

Where are the conscious and the subconscious mind located in the brain? Our brain consists of two halves, called hemispheres. Both hemispheres are covered by a thick layer called the cortex. The cortex is the conscious part of the brain, the part we think with and which is responsible for logical thinking. But this part of the brain is not responsible for our feelings. Another small part of our brain lies between the two hemispheres and connects them. This little part is called the limbic system. The limbic system is involved in regulating emotions, fight or flight responses, motivations and habits. In addition, parts of the limbic system, the amygdala and hippocampus, are particularly important.

The limbic system does not have consciousness or thoughts in words, only feelings. In other words, the limbic system is what we call our subconscious mind. Although this is only a small part of the human brain it uses about 90% of the capacity of the mind (some sources even say 95%). The subconscious is so powerful that when it comes to a contest between the conscious, logical mind and the unconscious part of the mind, the subconscious will always win. That is why people are controlled by their feelings and emotions over all else.

Our Treatment for Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders Gold Coast

Your thoughts and urges about starving or binging-purging, and over exercising might seem overwhelming, but it is possible to change how you respond to these thoughts and urges. And by changing your response to them you can physically change the way your brain works. Your anorexia or other eating disorder has formed certain neural pathways (or neuronal connections) in the brain. These pathways are constantly activated and reinforced because you do the actions of starving or binging-purging and you are constantly re-enforcing these neuronal connections or pathways thinking about this.

With the help of hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT, you can create different neuronal pathways in the brain with more constructive and flexible behaviours and deactivate the old destructive pathways that are responsible for your disorder.

If you suffer from anorexia or other eating disorders on the Gold Coast, Positive TranceFormations can help you overcome them.

In my experience, bulimia can be remedied in around 4 to 8* Hypnotherapy and NLP sessions.

Hypnotherapy and NLP are powerful tools used against anorexia to reverse the momentum of anorexic behaviour, and assist the sufferer in regaining their sense of self and value so that they regain control of their thoughts, emotions and behaviour, and redevelop a healthy relationship with, and affinity for food and life.

This process usually takes around 12 to 20* Hypnotherapy and NLP sessions.

(*The above estimates for the number of sessions required for recovery are guideline estimates only, based on past experience. Different individuals may experience some variation in these.)

For more information on how Positive TranceFormations could assist you or a loved one in becoming liberated from anorexia or eating disorders, just contact us on (07) 5576 6410 and make an appointment at our Gold Coast location.